College students have increased risk of some contagious diseases due to the close living quarters and interactions they have with one another. Because of the risk of transmission to a large number of people, some vaccines are required at Lipscomb. We particularly encourage all residential students to receive the meningococcal vaccine that protects against bacterial meningitis. The Centers for Disease Control has lots of information on their Meningitis website including who is at risk, what causes it, signs and symptoms of the disease, and prevention.
2 doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella—this is for all students born after 1956. A titer that shows positive antibodies for all 3 diseases is acceptable.
1 dose of Meningococcal vaccine required for all students living in on-campus housing given on or after age 16 and for all student nurses.
3 doses of Hepatitis B—REQUIRED for Pharmacy, Nursing, and Dietetic students but recommended for all students. A waiver must be signed if a student does not wish to receive this series. A titer may be drawn with blood to document adequate antibody response from previous disease or vaccination to satisfy this requirement. The 2nd vaccine must be given a minimum of 4 weeks after the 1st shot; the 3rd in the series must be a minimum of 16 weeks after the first shot. The series does not have to be restarted if it was not completed on time; the next dose can be picked up at any time after the minimum timeframe has lapsed.
Tetanus—REQUIRED for Pharmacy, Nursing, and Dietetic students but recommended for all students. The last dose must be within the last 10 years.
Varicella— Required for all new students born after 1979 and all nursing and dietetic students. Proof of varicella can be completed by meeting one of the following: 1. 2 vaccinations 2. Positive titer for varicella 3. Documented history of chickenpox disease. Pharmacy students are required to show a positive Varicella titer. Titers can be drawn in the clinic for those who do not have documentation.
We administer many vaccinations in the Health Center for a fee. These are available to students, faculty, and staff. A consent will need to be signed and payment will be due at the time of vaccination in the form of cash, check, or charge to a personal student account. Health Services does not bill insurance and payment for vaccines varies depending on health insurance plans. We can give you a CPT code if you wish to personally submit a claim for reimbursement.
What we offer:
Hepatitis A (series of 2)
Hepatitis B (series of 3)
*Must be ordered on individual basis; allow 3 days for delivery